Elbridge Gerry Book Signed. The Method of Teaching and Studying the Belles Lettres, Vol. II, by Mr. Rollin. London, [1758]. Fifth edition, 16mo. "E. Gerry" appears at the top of the front free endpaper, which is unevenly toned with foxing. At the top of the front paste-down endpaper has been written, "37 744/ 51". The "37 744" has been marked through. Gerry, a member of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence, but refused to sign the Constitution. He later served as James Madison's vice president. As governor of Massachusetts, he approved a redistricting plan--gerrymandering (a term named for Elbridge Gerry)-- that guaranteed the Republican party's domination in the state.

    Housed in a quarter morocco slip case with raised bands and gilded title on spine. The book is in fragile condition; the front cover has separated from the spine. Covers and spine rubbed and slightly discolored, corners bumped. Altogether a good copy.

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